Lopburi & Ayutthaya
Full Day Tour
TOUR CODE : HTA034
Lopburi, 153 km north of Bangkok, or 2 hours drives. It was on of the oldest capital of the Khmers who expanded their power to the town of Lawo and Lopburi at the beginning of the 10th century and ruled over the area until the middle of the 13th century when the Thais, who had already migrated from the North and had settled down in this country, fought against them and declared the independence of the Thais. Since then Lopburi has been ruled by the Thais. Many Monuments in Khmer style were constructed in Lopburi such as the Hindu Shrine, Phra Kan Shrine etc. These monuments still exist in abundance.
In 1664, King Narai, a King of Ayutthaya made Lopburi the second capital with the help of French architects. Therefore, the architectural style of Lopburi in the reign of King Narai was half Thai and half Western as can be seen from the Royal Palace, the Royal Reception House etc.
Phra Prang Sam Yot,
once a Hindu Shrine is the landmark of Lopburi. It was constructed in
Lopburi style with laterite and sandstone decorated with stucco. The
adjoining prangs signify the Hindu Trinity of Brahman, Vishnu and Siva.
In the reign of Knig Narai, the Shrine was converted to a Buddhist
temple as some Buddhist designs can still be seen on it.
ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thai capital for 417 years, is one of
Thailands major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works
can be seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U Thong when the
Thais were forced Southwards by northern neighbors. During the period of
Ayutthaya being the Thai capital, 33 kings of different dynasties ruled
the kingdom until is was sacked by the Burmese in 1767.